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MTO is expanding Highway 401 in Cambridge
OMCA
MTO has announced it is widening a 4.2-kilometre stretch of Highway 401 between Highway 8 and Hespeler Road from six to 10 lanes to help improve traffic flow in the Region of Waterloo. The project, which will create or sustain more than 1,200 construction jobs, includes:

• Repairing, repaving and expanding a 4.2-kilometre section of Highway 401 from six to 10 lanes
• Building one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction
• Widening and repairing the Grand River Electric Railway Overpass
• Widening and repairing the CN rail overpass
• Replacing four bridges over the Speed River
• Repairing the Highway 8 bridge over Sportsworld Drive and the Highway 401 and Hespeler Road interchange bridge
• Installing noise walls and retaining walls
• Building wider outside shoulders for buses to bypass traffic
• Realigning interchange ramps at Highway 8 and Hespeler Road
• Implementing median-mounted High Mast Lighting

Construction is targeted for completion by summer 2019.
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Pan Am/Parapan temporary signage will direct spectators to venues
OMCA
Over 5,000 orange and blue temporary signs are being erected across 16 municipalities that will help direct drivers to Games' events. The signs will show the way to events using the TORONTO 2015 Games' sport pictograms, arrows and the official three-letter venue codes. The three-letter code corresponds with information on Games tickets, in the spectator guide and in the trip planner app.

Drivers will also notice new signs on provincial highways that show the locations of temporary high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. In addition to carpoolers and families, provincial HOV lanes can also be used by:

• Public transit vehicles (including any bus, loaded or empty)
• Accredited Games vehicles
• Electric vehicles with green licence plates
• Licensed taxis and airport limousines
• Emergency vehicles

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MTO now allows Canadian military driver's permit to be exchanged for some Ontario driver licence classes
OMCA
Ontario is making it easier for Canadian military personnel and veterans to exchange their military driver's licence for a number of Ontario driver's licences. Starting July 1, Department of National Defence (DND) 404 military driver's permits will become recognized equivalents for a number of Ontario commercial and passenger licences including a Class "C" Ontario driver licence. The change comes after the province completed an extensive review of DND licencing standards, which showed that military training and testing requirements meet or exceed Ontario's licence testing standards. The DND 404 driver's permit cannot be exchanged for a Class B or E (school bus) licence.

MTO will waive knowledge and road tests for those with a DND 404 driver's permit, but will still require applicants to complete a vision test, meet medical standards, satisfy identification requirements and pay a fee.

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Innisfil Highway 400 service centre now open
OMCA
Yesterday (June 25) marked the opening of the redeveloped service centre on Highway 400 southbound in Innisfil — the final redeveloped On-route service centre on the 400 highway series. The Innisfil service centre is the 20th On-route service centre to be redeveloped since 2009. It provides travellers with eco-friendly, family-friendly and pet-friendly facilities that include fuel and food services, a convenience store, improved commercial vehicle facilities, tourism information and washrooms.
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OSSTF plans to cease extracurricular activities across the province
Toronto Sun
Ontario's public high school teachers can expect to be in a province-wide strike position by early July and will then cease any participation in extracurricular activities, their union says. If a collective agreement with teachers is not reached over the summer, public high school students will likely have no extracurricular school activities in the fall.
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Media tour of Unified Transportation Coordination Centre for Pan Am / Parapan Am Games
Government of Ontario
Transportation planners for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games will lead a media tour of the Unified Transportation Coordination Centre (UTCC) that will be in operation for the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. Located within the Ministry of Transportation's COMPASS Transportation Management Centre, representatives from the ministry, TO2015, City of Toronto, GO Transit, Toronto Transit Commission, Ontario Provincial Police and Toronto Police Services will be on hand to discuss games-time operations.
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Oshawa set to pass first Transportation Master Plan
Oshawa Express
Only one step remains for the passing of a plan that looks to improve the Oshawa's transportation networks for the next 15 years. The Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) and the associated Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) will look for the final stamp of approval from city council at their regular upcoming meeting after passing through committee.
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MTO's proposed highway interchanges for Thunder Bay get public scrutiny
CBC News
Members of the public recently got to take a look at the proposed designs for on and off ramps on the Thunder Bay Expressway. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation held its second public information centre on the project at the Airlane Hotel.
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GO Transit confirms West Harbour station opening
CHCH
GO Transit confirms it will begin regular train & bus service from its new West Harbour GO station on James St. North in Hamilton on July 9. Considering the late installation of tracks, pouring of concrete and other infrastructure that appeared to be behind schedule, some opposition MPPs, along with Hamilton city councillors, were skeptical that the commuter train station would be ready to move passengers during the Pan Am games in mid-July.
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Top 5 trends in mobile booking
Hotel News Now
By 2020, worldwide smartphone subscriptions are projected to top 6.1 billion. Consumers are now experts at navigating apps and mobile sites, and using their mobile devices with almost the same ease as using their desktops. According to travel industry research authority Phocuswright, now that travel companies are catching up, with multiple apps and iterations under their belts, it's time for them to move beyond the basics.
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